Sourcing Bigfoot

We probably haven’t found Bigfoot! Or at least, that’s what an AP article has to say about the alleged discovery of Sasquatch, by two men in Georgia (yes, you heard right: Georgia).

And whom do you use as sources in this fine, yet inconclusive, story?

1. Bigfoot researcher: Jeffrey Meldrum. Check. (“It just looks like a costume with some fake guts thrown on top for effect.”)

2. The discoverers: Matt Whitton, a police officer on medical leave, and Rick Dyer, a former corrections officer. Unreachable. (“Messages left for Whitton and Dyer early Friday on their Bigfoot Tipline were not returned.”)

3. A government official: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Reserve spokesman Tom Mackenzie. Check. (“It’s not on endangered species on any list that we’ve got.”)

The two men are apparently holding a press conference tomorrow in Palo Alto, where they’ll share photographs and DNA results that they claim will prove, without a doubt, that they’ve bagged the right Creature of Mystery.

Until then, the corpse of Bigfoot is stuffed in a freezer, unfortunately not topping any official endangered species lists. You got that from the AP.

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Jane Kim is a writer in New York.